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Marie Claire celebrates the very first Empowering Women Awards with Women’s Aid and Avon
Tears, smiles and lots of joy at the very first Empowering Women Awards at London's Dorchester
There were tears, smiles and lots of cake at yesterday’s Avon and Women’s Aid Empowering Women Awards.
Held in association withMarie Claire, the inaugural awards were launched to recognise the achievements and bravery of women survivors of domestic violence and those who work and campaign to support victims of abuse, and we couldn’t have been more delighted to be a part of the emotional but uplifting day.
Judges of the awards includedReese Witherspoon, Avon UK president Anna Segatti, Women’s Aid patron Sarah Brown, Women’s Aid ambassador Tana Ramsay, Women’s Aid chief executive Nicola Harwin and our editor-in-chief Trish Halpin, who along withSarah Brown, was on hand to present theMarie Claire Campaigner Against Domestic Violenceaward toLesley Patterson.
Patterson (pictured above with Sarah Brown and Trish Halpin) was honoured for her work in the Merseyside area of Liverpool, where for 30 years she has been tirelessly working to help provide services for women who’ve suffered from domestic violence.
‘I’m very proud for Marie Claire to be associated with these awards,’ says Trish Halpin. ‘At Marie Claire issues that affect women like domestic violence have always been at the top of our agenda. Every minute in the UK, the police receive a call from a woman experiencing domestic violence, while two women every week are killed by a male partner or ex partner.
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